Mu­nic­i­pal com­plex de­signs dis­cussed

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - HICHAM RAACHE

SPRING­DALE — The head of an ar­chi­tec­ture firm up­dated city lead­ers Mon­day on the de­sign for a mu­nic­i­pal com­plex that will in­clude a new crim­i­nal jus­tice build­ing.

Roy Decker, prin­ci­pal-in-charge of Du­vall Decker, spoke to the fi­nance com­mit­tee about the project’s sta­tus dur­ing a meet­ing in­side the City Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing’s mul­ti­pur­pose room.

“This is all in mo­tion,” Decker said. “We are be­gin­ning to see a strat­egy for bring­ing all the pieces to­gether.”

Du­vall Decker, an ar­chi­tec­ture firm based out of Jack­son, Miss., was hired to de­sign the 80,000-square­foot crim­i­nal jus­tice build­ing as well as re­model 40,000 square feet of the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing, 201 Spring St.

Decker showed coun­cil mem­bers schematic de­signs of the crim­i­nal jus­tice build­ing and re­mod­eled ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing. Some of the de­signs looked like a col­lec­tion of ba­sic shapes, but Larry Perkin of Hight Jack­son As­so­ciates, a Rogers ar­chi­tec­ture firm work­ing with Du­vall Decker on the project, as­sured those in at­ten­dance that early de­signs ap­pear blocky, but be­come more de­tailed as the project pro­gresses.

The coun­cil ap­proved a $3.3 mil­lion Wal­ton Fam­ily Foun­da­tion grant in De­cem­ber to cover de­sign­ing both the crim­i­nal jus­tice build­ing and ren­o­va­tions to the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing. The coun­cil in May ap­proved hir­ing Du­vall Decker.

Du­vall Decker is do­ing the de­signs for a com­bined cost of $3,250,508. The de­sign also in­cludes a civic square that will unite the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing with the new crim­i­nal jus­tice build­ing.

Decker hosted a public in­put meet­ing in the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing’s City Coun­cil Cham­bers on June 28 and fielded ques­tions about the project from com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Decker an­swered ques­tions from city lead­ers dur­ing Mon­day’s meet­ing. Decker has said that the mu­nic­i­pal com­plex’s de­sign will re­flect the city’s per­son­al­ity and char­ac­ter. Coun­cil mem­ber Kathy Jay­cox asked how so.

“Spring­dale is not a very flashy place,” Decker said. “The best build­ings are mod­est well-built build­ings. The Shiloh Mu­seum is a clas­sic, sim­ple shaped build­ing. The best build­ings in Spring­dale have re­ally good spa­ces and ma­te­ri­als.The shapes them­selves are not com­pli­cated, but we don’t want them to be sim­plis­tic.”

The crim­i­nal jus­tice build­ing will house the po­lice depart­ment and city at­tor­ney’s of­fice, dis­trict court and the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy depart­ment. Those of­fices are cur­rently lo­cated in the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing.

“The most im­por­tant part of this project is to make a mod­ern po­lice depart­ment that serves the public safety mis­sion of Spring­dale,” Decker pre­vi­ously said said.

Some parts of the new po­lice depart­ment will have Kevlar built into the walls for en­hanced se­cu­rity in the event of an ac­tive shooter sit­u­a­tion, said Brian Meade, a Du­vall Decker as­so­ciate serv­ing as pro­gram­mer and plan­ner on the project.

The crim­i­nal jus­tice build­ing will likely be two sto­ries, but could end up be­ing three sto­ries, ac­cord­ing to Decker.

The po­lice depart­ment cur­rently runs a short-term jail fa­cil­ity for mis­de­meanor of­fend­ers. How­ever, the new build­ing will not in­clude a jail. Po­lice Chief Mike Peters has said that the city is look­ing to get out of the jail busi­ness and wants the Washington County De­ten­tion Cen­ter to house the city’s mis­de­meanor in­mates.

The Po­lice Depart­ment in the new build­ing will be about 60,000 square feet, Decker said. The depart­ment has been ren­o­vated 20 times since 1994 and needs a new fa­cil­ity that will meet its grow­ing needs, Decker said.

Once the crim­i­nal jus­tice build­ing is built, re­mod­el­ing work will be­gin on the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing, Decker said.

The build­ing in­spec­tion of­fice at 107 Spring St. and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fice, lo­cated across the street from the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing, will move into ren­o­vated por­tions of the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing. The ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing will have one en­trance in­stead of the mul­ti­ple en­trances it cur­rently has. That en­trance will be lo­cated at the build­ing’s north end, which is where the civic square will be.

A new City Coun­cil cham­ber will be built in the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing’s north end and have greater ca­pac­ity than the cur­rent cham­ber, which has a max­i­mum oc­cu­pancy of 182.

Melissa Reeves, the city’s public re­la­tions di­rec­tor, asked Decker if the new coun­cil cham­bers will be bet­ter in­su­lated from out­side sound than the cur­rent cham­bers.

“Your build­ing will be very sealed for en­vi­ron­men­tal con­trol and to help with sound,” Decker said.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing has be­come worn down within its walls, Decker said.

“You built a com­mer­cial level build­ing for a civic pur­pose,” he said. “This build­ing is built like an of­fice build­ing.”

Parts of the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing, such as the jail, will be torn out and the ex­te­rior will be redone and made to com­pli­ment the Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Build­ing, Decker said.

“It’s all go­ing to look like one fa­cil­ity,” he said.

The Mu­nic­i­pal Com­plex will also in­clude am­ple park­ing to ac­com­mo­date city busi­ness, court busi­ness and other public needs, Decker said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.